Offshoots of the latest xenophobic incidents in South Africa’s city of Johannesburg has sparked off citizen reactions in some African countries – specifically in Zambia and South Africa.
A group of concerned citizens in Zambia have written to the police with notice of a peaceful march and gathering at the premises of the South African Embassy in the capital Lusaka.
The group said the march was “to show displeasure to the South African government for the horrific conduct exhibited by their citizens and complacent approach their government has taken.
The march planned for September 4 it added: “is in no ways intended to cause any harm but just to communicate our concerns and observations,” the statement added. Clearance has yet to be given.
Nigeria’s government in a statement condemned the violence of Monday September 2 but citizens on social media have severally condemned the violence and called for drastic action.
A 2017 video of South Africa’s former Deputy Police Minister, Bongani Mkongi, shared by a local portal, The Signal Nigeria, has got Nigerians rattled.
I am pleased that @GeoffreyOnyeama has taken a tough stand against #Xenophobia by #SouthAfrica, a country Nigeria fought hard to free from apartheid. President @MBuhari must ensure that the lives & businesses of Nigerians there are as safe as those of #SouthAfricans here. Enough! https://twitter.com/geoffreyonyeama/status/1168488631067193348 …Geoffrey Onyeama
Received sickening and depressing news of continued burning and looting of Nigerian shops and premises in #SouthAfrica by mindless criminals with ineffective police protection. Enough is enough. We will take definitive measures. @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG @GovernmentZA @DIRCO_ZA
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the repeated violent attacks against Nigerians in South Africa. The Federal Government must immediately liaise with the South African authorities to protect the lives and livelihoods of all our citizens.#SayNoToXenophobia
It is an irony that, a fellow black person would chase another black person like a hunter, chasing a rabbit on the field and burned people alive with no remorse whatsoever! The action I saw on TV is barbaric, mind burgling and disturbing. #SayNoToXenophobia #XenophobicAttack
How did the South African government deal with perpetrators of the past xenophobic attacks? I have no proper understanding of the driver of this spate of killings of foreigners, but I believe the government didn’t do enough to prevent recurrences.
How many Nigerians are ready to #BoyCottSouthAfrica or #boycottsouthafricanbusinessesinNigeria IMMEDIATELY! Post a receipt here!
Endless list of business in@DStvNg @DStv @MTNNG @Shoprite_NG @flySAA_US
The Unfortunate reality is that Nig& Nigerians have more to lose if South African Owned Businesses close in Nigeria than South Africa as a Country. also Nigerians have more to lose if Nigerian Owned Businesses Close in South Africa than SA and South Africans
September 2 Johannesburg violence
Looting and violence spread across several neighbourhoods in the major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. It followed a spate of overnight attacks which appeared to target foreign-owned shops.
At least 50 shops were looted and burned in the southern Johannesburg suburbs of Malvern and Jeppestown. Police fired rubber bullets at looters as burnt cars were stranded on the roads.
Bheki Cele, South African Police Minister said: “For me, it’s pure criminality, people looting and all that, and using that as xenophobia. But for now there is nothing that has sparked any form of conflict between South Africans and foreign nationals.
“We dealing with criminality rather than xenophobia at the present moment,” he added.
Police arrested 41 people for the violence in Johannesburg, while 8 others were arrested in Tembisa township, east of Johannesburg, and one person arrested in the capitol Pretoria, police said.
Monday’s violence followed similar incidents in Pretoria last week, in which protests led by taxi drivers saw several foreign-owned shops looted and torched.
Such violence breaks out sporadically in South Africa, where many nationals blame foreigners for high unemployment, particularly in manual labor.
Last week, Human Rights Watch reported that dozens of truck drivers in the country had died in attacks against foreigners since March 2018.
The report was released following recent spate of xenophobic violence fueled by economic decline and record unemployment.